I know I am probably behind the curve on this one, but since we just finished The Giver, it was big news for my classes and me. The long-awaited movie version will actually be a reality. August 15th is the date it is scheduled to hit a theater near you.
Jeff Bridges, who was the one who bought the movie rights 20 years ago and has been trying to get it made ever since, will play The Giver.
The good news is that Lois Lowry is on board, and has approved of the changes to the story:
Jonas will be 16 instead of 12, and his crush on Fiona will be more of a lovey-dovey thing as required by modern movie making standards. The Chief Elder, who will be played by Meryl Streep, will have a bigger role in the story, probably to justify having Meryl Streep in the movie. (The kids said, “Who’s that?”)
Another character who looks like she’s going to have a larger role in the story is The Giver’s daughter, Rosemary. How do we know?
She’s played by Taylor Swift.
Half of them screamed in delight at the news, half of them groaned. I comforted those with a reminder, “At least you’ll get to see her released.”
We were looking at the Entertainment Weekly website as we talked about this. And then I scrolled to the pic of Jonas and Gabe.
Things went strangely quiet. One girl whispered, “He’s pretty hot.”
There were muttered giggles and whispered agreements. The boys groaned. I saw a lot of girls’ mouths hanging open.
Then I went to scroll back up.
“Stop!” A chorus of female voices.
“I was just scrolling up to see what his name was. Sheesh.”
So I did. And suddenly, practically every girl in the place is furiously writing on her hand: Brenton Thwaites.
“Did you all get it? Because I am closing this window.”
I have a feeling that there will be a lot of Google Image searches for “Brenton Thwaites” and quite a bit of printer ink used up in decorating girls’ bedrooms tonight.
Here’s a link: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/01/23/the-giver-first-look/